Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner dies

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ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News has learned sitting Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner has died after battling cancer.

Garner is the commissioner for District 4, which encompasses the heart of the City of Atlanta, Midtown, and neighborhoods west of downtown Atlanta to Fulton Industrial Boulevard.

She is a native of Washington DC. She made Atlanta her home in 1978.

Garner earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of the District of Columbia.

Commissioner Garner received a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Howard University.

According to her website, she has been known for her work in the non-profit sector and for her community leadership.

She has served on the Atlanta Beltline Affordable Housing, Metropolitan Community Development Corporation, Council of Foundations, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Southerners on New Ground, Georgia Share Funding Exchange, Southern Reinvestment Ventures and Fourth Tuesday Incorporated.


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She was appointed to the Transition Team of Mayor Elect Maynard Jackson and the Atlanta Olympic Citizen’s Advisory Commission. She also served as Senior Advisor on Gay and Lesbian Issues under Mayor Jackson.

Under Mayor Kasim Reed, Commissioner Garner served as a member of the Public Works Commissioner Search Committee.

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